Watershed Academics To Enhance Regional Sustainability (WATERS) is a collaborative endeavor between Sonoma State University and Sonoma County Water Agency (SCWA) to undertake projects that enhance watershed management and academic training of students (see Purpose for additional details).
Our initial projects focus on Copeland Creek and the Laguna de Santa Rosa. SSU's Fairfield Osborn Preserve is located in the Copeland Creek's headwaters and the SSU campus is located on the Creek's alluvial fan, providing a geographic link and focus for investigation and study. SCWA has long-term management interests in Copeland Creek integrated water management, flood control, water quality, habitat restoration, and recreation.
Funding for the WATERS Collaborative Fiscal Year 2012-13 is provided by the Sonoma County Water Agency through a contract with SSU Field Stations & Nature Preserves.
Dr. Claudia Luke
WATERS Coordinator / SSU Preserves Director
SCWA Assistant General Manager - Business Operations